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Forest View Elementary School student and inventor invited to national convention

Forest View Elementary School student Callia Park's tilted dispenser invention earned state recognition at the Washington State Innovation Convention on March 23, 2019. She will go on to compete nationally in May.
Fourth-grader Callia Park and her teacher, Pam VanHorne, show off Park’s Best in Show award from the Washington Innovation Competition. Photo courtesy of Everett Public Schools.

From an April 8, 2019, Everett Public Schools news release.

Student inventor Callia Park's tilted dispenser invention earned state recognition at the Washington State Innovation Convention on March 23, 2019. She will go on to compete nationally in May.

The Forest View Elementary School fourth grader couldn’t stand not getting the last few ounces of her shampoo out of the bottle.

Park solved the irritating problem by creating a “tilted dispenser.” She created a mock up and a working model.

"There used to be tons of soap or shampoo wasted but I am hoping that with my invention there will be none wasted," she shared.

With her Highly Capable class encouraging students to participate in the Washington state Innovation Convention, she created a display board and kept her notes in an innovation notebook.

Park was one of three Forest View Elementary School Highly Capable students to compete at the state Innovation Convention in Spokane on March 23, 2019. She won Best in Show for her age level in the Consumer Services category.

Park’s performance earns her an invitation to participate in the National Innovation Convention at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, on May 29th and 30th, which she plans to attend.

Park’s Highly Capable classroom teacher, Pam VanHorne, said this is the second year her students participated in the Innovation Convention and looks forward to Forest View Elementary School Highly Capable (HC) students having their own Innovation Convention on April 24th.

She said, “We provide opportunities for our HC students to participate in project-based learning and this Innovation Convention is a perfect fit. All students benefit from opportunities to use their imagination and solve problems that they care about.” 

The district wide Innovation Expo will be June 5th, from 5:00 pm  to 8:00 pm at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett.

Editor's note: This article was revised on April 9, 2019, to correct two errors. Callia Park is in fourth grade, not the fifth grade; and her state award is called Best in Show rather than Best in Class. 

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